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SPARK: Spirit in Sound and Space—A Conversation Inspired by Arvo Pärt

Hosted by Julie Burstein, author and Peabody Award–winning creator of public radio's Studio 360

Speakers:
Robert Zatorre, neuroscientist, Montreal Neurological Institute

Steven Holl, architect

Peter Bouteneff, musician and Professor of Theology, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

New York's celebration of Arvo Pärt offers an opportunity to explore the spiritual content of his music, and to discover how the spaces in which music is performed can amplify its emotional power. In this program, neuroscientist Robert Zatorre explains how music can engage the reward system deep in our brains—the same system that responds to food and sex. Architect Steven Holl describes making spaces for music, and shows how music influences his work. Theologian Peter Bouteneff talks about the thread of spirituality that weaves throughout Pärt's masterpieces.

The Spark series explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collections. Each cabaret-style program gathers artists, thought leaders, and performers from theater, film, politics, literature, science, and pop culture to engage in wide-ranging, fresh conversations and performances.

Recorded June 11, 2014

Credits

This event is a collaboration between The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Lectures and Panels (149)

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How Homer Matters
(00:56:20) 88 views

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Isabella Stewart Gardner
(01:03:19) 66 views

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SPARK: It's About Time
(01:20:22) 73 views

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SPARK: Plato at the Met
(01:06:51) 61 views

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Collecting Cubism
(00:56:59) 668 views

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Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1425 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 68 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 81 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
(00:48:51) 47 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 40 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
(00:31:59) 44 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
(00:29:02) 65 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 54 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 145 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 171 views

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Africa and the West
(01:13:21) 24 views

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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 127 views

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Why New Art Mattered
(01:06:02) 41 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1467 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 527 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 755 views